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Gold River (horse)

Gold River
Sire Riverman
Dam Glaneuse
Grandsire Never Bend
Damsire Snob
Gender Filly
Foaled 1977
Country France
Color Chestnut
Breeder Jacques Wertheimer
Owner Jacques Wertheimer. Racing silks: Blue, white seams, white sleeves and cap.
Trainer Alec Head
Record 14: 7-2-3
Earnings $678,467
Summary
Gold River is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Glaneuse by Riverman. She was born around 1977 in France, and was bred by Jacques Wertheimer.
Major wins
Prix Royal-Oak (1980)
Prix de Pomone (1980)
Prix Jean Prat (1981)
Prix du Cadran (1981)
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1981)
Awards
Champion Older Mare in France (1981)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on February 11, 2007

Gold River (1977–1986) was a French Thoroughbred filly racehorse best known for winning France's most prestigious race, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Owned and bred by Jacques Wertheimer, the president of the renowned French perfumery, Chanel, Gold River was sired by Riverman, owned by Germaine Wertheimer. Her grandsire was Never Bend, a son of Nasrullah from Nearco.

Gold River's first Group One win came in the 1980 Prix Royal-Oak. The following year she finished third in the Royal-Oak but won the Prix Jean Prat and the Prix du Cadran. In the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, Gold River was ridden to victory by jockey Gary W. Moore. In her Arc win, Gold River defeated Bikala and the excellent American filly, April Run.

Gold River's 1981 performances earned her French Champion Older Mare honors.

Following her retirement from racing, Gold River served as a broodmare at Hagyard Farm in Lexington, Kentucky where her offspring included Riviere d'Or, a multiple stakes winner in France including the Group One Prix Saint-Alary.

Gold River died in 1986 and is buried in Hagyard Farm's equine cemetery.

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